No Kill South Carolina is gaining attention around South Carolina and beyond. Please Please call Abigail Kamleiter if you have any questions at: (843) 329-1564 or email NoKillSouthCarolina@charlestonanimalsociety.org.

Greenville County Reaches No-Kill Status!

Shelly Simmons, animal care manager, said the no-kill goal is one the shelter couldn’t have reached without the community’s help. “We know it’s not going to get easier just because we made the announcement. It’s harder now than ever because of the animals that we’re seeing,” Simmons said.


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Carolina Cares with Tyler Ryan

Tyler Ryan speaks with Lexington County Animal Control Officer Lisa Thomas about the pet over population in the Palmetto State, and what organizations like the Charleston Animal Society are doing on the state wide level, working with cities and counties across the state to complete the “No Kill SC” initiative. Listen here

Cat cafe partners with local organization to decrease euthanization rates in the state

Pounce Cat Cafe in downtown Charleston is one of the most successful cat cafes in America, acting as a foster-to-adopt location for cats from Charleston Animal Society and freeing resources so they can help animals from shelters outside Charleston.

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Low-cost spay/neuter available in Orangeburg County

City of Columbia Animal Services manager Marli Drum writes:

One of the best ways to make sure this happens is to spay or neuter pets before they have a chance to breed.

Reaching this goal is becoming more and more attainable, especially with low-cost spay/neuter becoming more accessible.

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Animal advocates working to make SC a no-kill state

An ambitious effort is underway by animal advocates to prevent any healthy animals in South Carolina from being euthanized because they do not have a home.

The Charleston Animal Society is working with shelters and animal protection groups statewide for No Kill South Carolina.

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Dog advocates focusing on making South Carolina a “no-kill” state, but challenges remain

Dog lovers and advocates are looking to make South Carolina a “no-kill” state when it comes to euthanizing dogs. Several local groups held a meeting at the Aiken SPCA but the question turns to where things go from here.

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‘No Kill South Carolina’ pushing to save more animals’ lives

Dozens of animal lovers gathered Thursday, headed up by ‘No Kill South Carolina’, a state-wide initiative that is working to end unnecessary euthanization.

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No Kill South Carolina is So Close!


Imagine a South Carolina where every healthy and treatable dog and cat is saved. That’s the ultimate goal of No Kill South Carolina (NKSC), an initiative of the Charleston Animal Society based on its successful No Kill Charleston model. A groundbreaking new survey made possible by the Petco Foundation shows that dream is within our grasp.

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How South Carolina’s animal shelters are grappling with pet overpopulation

Staff know to expect an influx of homeless animals, especially kittens, because dogs and cats typically have litters during summer months. Many communities, however, are struggling to cope.


Although nonprofit shelters like Charleston Animal Society and Dorchester Paws, as well as government-run shelters like [Columbia Animal Services] are facing challenges, South Carolina has made significant strides in slashing pet euthanasia rates.

“Our shelter intake decreased statewide and our shelter euthanasia deceased quite a bit statewide,” said Abigail Kamleiter, No Kill South Carolina director.

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Andrews business hosts spay and neuter event for pets

About 45 dogs and cats in the Town of Andrews are now spayed or neutered after a free veterinarian event on March 28. The event was organized by All 4 Paws, an animal rescue based in Pawleys Island, and Charleston Animal Society, which supplied a mobile spay-neuter clinic for the day. All 4 Paws is a partner organization in No Kill South Carolina, an initiative of the Charleston Animal Society. Click to read more

New Beginning: 60th Anniversary of the Humane Society of Greenwood

No Kill South Carolina Partner organization looks toward the future. “Shelters are progressively moving toward models of operation that allow them to help animal owners as opposed to being places that “’take on problems.'” Read more

Petco Foundation donates $400,000 to Charleston Animal Society’s No Kill South Carolina initiative

An animal welfare initiative that aims to end euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in the Palmetto State has received a $400,000 grant from the Petco Foundation. Click to read more at the Post & Courier

Anderson County’s No Kill Transition

Anderson County, South Carolina, is in the western part of the state, bordering Greenville County. It is located on the I-85 corridor between Charlotte and Atlanta – a corridor that is expected to see major growth in the future and is already seeing progressive change. Click to read more

No Kill South Carolina is changing the face of animal welfare

Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore writes about No Kill South Carolina in the politics and policy forecast. Click to read more

Summerville SPCA shelter seeks ‘no-kill’ status

No Kill South Carolina and Charleston Animal Society offer assistance to Frances R. Willis SPCA in Summerville. Click here to read more